For years, Vicki has worked hard to provide for herself and her daughter, working 50 plus hours and 6 days a week. She balances work with Kensleigh’s dance and other activities that provide the daily physical activity that helps to control Kensleigh’s epilepsy symptoms.
Vicki isn’t the type to expect others to help her; she’d rather work longer hours, take on additional odd jobs, cut down on expenses, apply for scholarships, or have a yard sale. Following the housing market crash, Vicki struggled for more than a decade to pay off enough of her mortgage to be able to refinance, finally achieving her goal in 2017.
This year in particular has been especially tough. In addition to the monthly expense of epilepsy medication, Kensleigh had a scooter accident that resulted in a fractured wrist and major dental work. Despite going without air conditioning this summer, with medical and dental bills piling up, and winter fast approaching, the heat pump finally kicked the bucket and needed to be replaced. Vicki has been living on donated groceries and gas cards as she struggled to come up with a viable solution. It was too much, too fast, and single parents can only do so much.
So many single parents live this life. We struggle to work and provide for our children and still have enough energy to give them the attention and love that they deserve and need. All the while knowing we are one scooter accident away from disaster. At this rate, Vicki is giving more than she physically and mentally can maintain; despite this, her financial situation has taken a turn for the worse.
I feel comfortable asking for financial help for someone who has shown such initiative and perseverance. We all need a helping hand sometimes; Vicki is one of the few people I can honestly say has earned, and deserves, our support